Over the past few years, the Netherlands’ government has taken a wide range of measures to improve the performance and sustainability of its long-term care system. This entailed the adoption of a new long-term care Act, including re-scaling of responsibilities, but in particular implementing large scale improvement projects across the various sectors, organisations, services and facilities involved in the delivery of long-term care. Henk Nies will provide an overview of the large sclae implementation of reforms and provide insights on the new policy instruments that were developed to ensure quality in long-term care.
Prof. dr. Henk Nies is member of the Executive Board of Vilans, the Netherlands Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care. Moreover, he is professor of Organisation and Policy Development in Long-term Care at the Jo Visser Endowed Chair at the VU University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, he is member of the Quality Council at the National Health Care Institute of the Netherlands.
Throughout his career he has worked at the edge of policy, practice and research. He was involved in various national and international projects on long-term care, integrated care and quality in long-term care. He has worked in many national innovation and improvement programmes in long-term care, in various cases as a project-leader. His field of interest is inter-organisational collaboration and innovation, quality management and dignity in elderly care. In his international work, he was scientific director of CARMEN – the Care and Management of Services for Older People in Europe Network, a project supported by the European Commission (FP5). Moreover, he was a member of the scientific management team of the INTERLINKS project on health systems and long-term care for older people in Europe. Henk was also one of the founders of Eurocarers, the European association working for carers. This year he has been co-chair of the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The seminar is part of the series of International Seminars organised by the European Centre.